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From the Fall 2017 Issue

What happened to that Louisville Slugger?!
Nothing. It's not a baseball bat that's been whittled down. It's a 26-inch-long brake club. They must have been called clubs to distinguish them from brake levers, which were either part of the permanent brake mechanism under the car or a handgripped lever connected mechanically with the rigging. In the days before automatic air brakes, and even with them, freight car brakes could be applied (and released) by turning a large wheel. In the old days, the brake wheel was parallel with the ground and mounted on a shaft that extended up the end of the car past the roof...

The Railroad That Never Was, Despite Claims to the Contrary
The Spring 2016 Coast Mail presented Myron Angel's 1891 proposal for a railroad to connect Port San Luis with Fresno, Visalia, and Bakersfield, more or less directly east via the ambitious, couldn't-fail San Luis and San Joaquin Railroad. Not since the Central Pacific meeting the Union Pacific in 1869 had there been such an opportunity for men (sorry, ladies) of vision, according to Mr. Angel...

Southern Limit
While the Salinas area can be considered the northern limit of the Museumís focus [Coast Mail #60, Summer 2017], the Ventura area is a reasonable southern edge. The turn of the 19th Century to the 20th was the height of railroad fever, and our neighbors to the south were no exception. The Ventura County Railway was first envisioned as the Bakersfield and Ventura Railroad Company, linking its namesake cities via Santa Paula and Piru. Like Port Harford (Port San Luis), Port Hueneme on the Ventura coast was seen by its promoters as a likely rival to San Francisco, being far better situated than the complexes now at San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Long Beach...

And much more...

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